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Rangana Herath, left, pegged Bangladesh back with two quick wickets. Eranga Jayawardena / AP Photo
Rangana Herath, left, pegged Bangladesh back with two quick wickets. Eranga Jayawardena / AP Photo

Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath strikes late in the day against Bangladesh

Bangladesh struggling in their second innings of the Colombo Test but Kumar Sangakkara rues missed chances to make further inroads into tourists' line-up.

COLOMBO // Two wickets in two balls by left-arm spinner Rangana Herath in the last half-hour of play on the third day tilted the balance of the second Test towards Sri Lanka.

By stumps, Bangladesh, who trailed Sri Lanka by 106 after the first innings, were 158 for four wickets an overall lead of 52.

Mominul Haque scored an attractive half-century in the first innings and was unbeaten on 36 second time around with Mushfiqur Rahim on seven.

Both batsmen would have been out before the close had the Sri Lankan fielders been sharper.

Mominul was put down at mid-on by Nuwan Kulasekara when he was on 30 and Angelo Mathews missed Mushfiqur at slip also off Herath, who ended the day with figures of three for 45.

"It would have been brilliant to have them five down," said Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara. "We had the opportunities, though a close decision also didn't go our way towards the end.

"We've got ourselves to blame, one was quite an easy chance and one not so easy."

Mohammad Ashraful became Herath's first victim when he was bowled for four by a quicker delivery in the second over after tea when his off stump was sent tumbling. A stand of 47 followed between Jahurul Islam and Mominul that carried Bangladesh to 143 for two before Herath struck twice in his 19th over. He changed the complexion of the game by having Jahurul stumped by Dinesh Chandimal for 48 when the batsman lost his patience and charged up the wicket.

On the next ball, Mahmudullah was beaten by a tossed-up delivery from Herath and had his off stump knocked out. Mushfiqur survived the hat-trick ball and was lucky to be there at the close.

The openers Tamim Iqbal and Jahurul provided a strong start to help Bangladesh reach 93 for one at tea. On a surface which had flattened out at the R Premadasa Stadium, Tamim and Jahurul batted confidently.

Tamim, who missed the first test through injury, was the aggressor in the partnership, reaching his fifty off 67 balls with the help of one six and four fours. He was dropped on 12 when Suranga Lakmal failed to hold a knee-high return catch.

A bowling change by Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, brought about the dismissal of Tamim, who tried to cut a ball from Shaminda Eranga but succeeded only in chopping it on to his stumps to depart for 59.

Earlier, Sri Lanka resumed on 294 for six and much depended on how long Sangakkara could bat on to give the hosts a healthy first-innings lead.

Starting the day on 127, Sangakkara had added 12 runs to his overnight score.


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